The Archetypal Lens In Lullabies For Little Criminals
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The semblance of two personalities is like two chemical substances coming into contact: if there is any occurrence of a reaction, both are transformed. In other words, this depicts that when two individuals develop and enhance their learning, they are not the same person with the same skills and mindset as they used to be. When observing this through the Archetypal Lens in the story, “Lullabies for Little Criminals,” the protagonist Baby becomes the hero of the story as she learns to love herself for everything that she was and had become. She had learned this from her provider Jules, who is her father, and showed her what a relationship should look like.
Her ruler, Alpheus, who was her pimp, and set a negative example of a relationship,…show more content… However, this was not the case for the reason that Jules was sent to rehab numerous times due to his reckless actions and behaviours he had portrayed. We see the action of her father repeated into her own life, “I tried to buy chocolate milk, but I only had a few coins on me” (323). Baby had become addicted to heroin just like her father, this breaking her down and not being able to afford a box of milk, showing the impact that her father had in her life. Moreover, Baby had to live with knowing that her father was a drug addict and had accepted the fact that it was okay for her to be treated this way.
Her father would physically abuse her by slapping and beating her numerous times, letting her degrade herself and making her think this was placed beneath him. He had quoted, “He didn’t even give me a chance to tell me to lie. As I opened my mouth, he stretched out his arm and punched me in the eye” (156). Jules had lacked in teaching his daughter about how she should be treated and how other men and women in the world should treat her. He kept pushing the idea that if Baby did not listen to her then she would be a “whore” (156) and a “slut” (156). Baby understood that her father was a drug addict and that he was mentally ill. The reader can interpret a change in personality of Baby after she’s experienced the notion of an abusive environment, when she told herself, “it's okay. It's okay, sweetie” (157). This was the first time that the reader saw Baby breaking down